Dance for life- Apsara Dance

It is hard to believe that something so horrific had happened to Cambodia and the people are still trying to recover from the genocide and the pains caused by it. Almost 2 million people were killed and the artists and intellectuals and the arts and dance suffered the most. When the Khmer Rouge seized control of the country in 1975, the dancing had to stop. Khmer classical dance suffered a huge blow during the Khmer Rouge regime when many dancers were killed because classical dance was thought of as an aristocratic institution. I felt privileged to see this ancient dance form and also the hotel manager was kind enough to let me talk to the dancers prior to the show. It was great to see that the young girls are into Apsara dancing again and can enjoy in free-spirited way and also make a living on their own

Apsara puppets

Apsara puppets

A very ols lady who used to be a fine dancer in her time

A very ols lady who used to be a fine dancer in her time

A few more who wishes to be dancers and make money

A few more who wishes to be dancers and make money

The little Apsara playing

The little Apsara playing

A few hair-stlyes out of 377 carved on temple walls

A few hair-stlyes out of 377 carved on temple walls

Girls dressed in costume of Apsara in temple arena

Girls dressed in costume of Apsara in temple arena

Apsara carved on temple wall

Apsara carved on temple wall

The elegant poses of Apsara dancing

The elegant poses of Apsara dancing

Stage Performance

Stage Performance

Dancers in dressing room

Dancers in dressing room

Dancer wearing make before the show

Dancer wearing make before the show

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2 thoughts on “Dance for life- Apsara Dance

  1. Dear Deepti,

    Firstly, congratulations on the win at Keralablogexpress!

    Recently I visited Siem Reap and fell in love with the ruins of Angkor archaeological park and the vibrant backpacker scene. However, I missed watching Apsara show.

    Keep travelling 🙂

    Preeti

  2. Hey Preeti,

    Thanks and apologies for the late reply. Oh you could watch it in the town market, there was a Restra- ‘Temple pub’ which does the daily show. Well, save something for the next time..:)

    Regards,
    Deepti

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